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  • Writer's pictureRylee Parsons

7 Ways to Improve Drainage Around Your Home

Good drainage is essential for any home, as it helps to prevent water damage and flooding. Unfortunately, not all properties are created equal, and some may have issues with water drainage that can lead to problems over time. At JC Property Professionals, we are experts at identifying drainage problems and correcting them for customers. So, in this blog we're sharing our go-to tips for improving water drainage around your home!

1. Install a French Drain

A French drain is a trench filled with gravel and a perforated pipe that helps to redirect water away from your home. This is especially useful if you have a sloping yard that causes water to flow toward your home. For a deep dive into what these drains are and if you should install one, check out this blog of ours.

2. Use a Rain Barrel

A rain barrel is a great way to collect rainwater that can be used for gardening or other purposes. By capturing rainwater, you can prevent it from pooling around your home and causing damage.

3. Add Gutters and Downspouts

Gutters and downspouts are essential for directing rainwater away from your home's foundation. Make sure that your gutters are properly installed and clean them regularly to ensure that they are working effectively.

4. Improve Soil Drainage

If your soil has poor drainage, you may need to add organic matter or amend the soil with sand or gravel. This can help to improve the soil structure and allow water to drain more effectively.

5. Plant a Rain Garden

A rain garden is a landscaped area designed to collect and absorb rainwater. By planting native plants and grasses that can tolerate wet conditions, you can help to reduce runoff and improve drainage around your home.

6. Create a Swale

A swale is a shallow ditch that is designed to direct water away from your home. This can be especially useful if you have a low-lying area on your property that collects water.

7. Grade the Land Around your Home

If the ground around your home is sloping toward your foundation, you may need to grade the land to direct water away from your home. This can be a simple fix that can have a big impact on water drainage.

By acting on these tips, you can help to improve water drainage around your home and prevent damage and flooding. If you're struggling to address water drainage issues on your own, it's always a good idea to consult with professionals like us who can offer guidance, install french drains, create swales and properly grade.

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